In today’s interview, we are going to talk with Marcie Hill of marciewrites.com. She is a blogger, writer, trainer, author. Currently, she is having three wonderful blogs. Let’s read more on Marcie in this interview.
1. Please tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
I am a writer, blogger, trainer, and author who left my job and a 12-year career in human resources to pursue my dream of being a magazine writer. Today I own three blogs; have published eight books, five of which are on blogging; and have spoken at several writing, blogging and social media conferences. I also have a course, Blogging Success for New Bloggers, to help people plan their blogs so their sites can survive longer.
2. Walk me through the step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are today. What was the first thing you did? Next?
· I read books and attended workshops to learn more about blogging and WordPress.
· Whenever I had a new topic idea, I would start another blog. Clearly, this was just a hobby. I did not consider the fact that I could earn money from blogging.
· I started researching ways to earn money from my site, but because I didn’t understand online marketing or the power of relationships, I didn’t pursue it.
· I started a second portfolio site, Marcie Writes, on wordpress.com.
· After two years of learning the art of blogging, I started hosting both my sites on WordPress.org.
· While I still didn’t understand making money with ads and links, I did start earning through freelance writing. Having these sites increased my authority on my topics. They also gave me the confidence to apply for speaking opportunities.
· I spoke at New Media Expo and Show Me the Blog conferences, as well as several writing and social media conferences.
· Today, I have five published books on blogging, my online course and conduct online and in-person blogging and content marketing workshops.
3. What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?
Twitter and in-person events send traffic to my site.
4. Please tell us some of your strengths that really helped you in blogging?
Strengths that help me in my blogging life are my editing skills, creativity, perseverance and the ability to generate topics for my blog. Blogging is a lot of work. People don’t realize how much work it is until they start.
5. How active are you on a weekly basis? How often do you communicate with your followers?
I publish a new blog post at least once a week. Each new post goes directly to my social networks and newsletter followers. I’ve also conducted interviews for my YouTube channel which are posted once a month.
6. What do you think is the best service a blogger can provide to his readers?
Original and valuable information and authenticity.
7. What was your greatest failure in blogging and what did you learn from that?
My greatest failure in blogging was not earning from my site. As I stated earlier, I didn’t understand online marketing and that I should be treating my blog as a business. My lesson: if your goal is to make money from a project, have a business plan that includes a business model.
8. How much time do you spend blogging?
I put at between 5 and 10 hours a week blogging. Most of that time is spent promoting my current and past posts.
9. A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money online. Do you have some tips for those people who are interested in making money from the blog?
You will read many articles online about how to make money from blogging. The number of ways to earn from blogging can be overwhelming. All strategies will not work for your site, topic or your audience. Pick one to three methods and earn from those.
Also, you really have to promote yourself, your content and your site. Even if you don’t want to.
10. What do you find to be the most gratifying aspect of blogging?
The most gratifying aspect of blogging is building a community on a site you own; sharing relevant information and resources; creating and earning from products; gaining confidence to speak up in other areas of my life, and learning how to communicate tactfully.
Thanks again Marcie Hill for taking the time to share your tips and story with the BloggerMeet community. If you would like to learn about other bloggers and how they are getting success online, be sure to keep reading through our blogger interview series.